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: Day of the Pharaohs

Beginning a day of films and programmes exploring the rich history and culture of ancient Egypt.
See today's choices.

7.00 The Face of Tutankhamun
Another chance to see the five-part series following archaeologist Howard Carter 's quest for an Egyptian treasure trove.
The Great Adventure. Seventy years ago, with the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun, a great archaeological story began to unfold.

7.50 Wonderful Things
The treasure's richness causes conflict.

8.40 Everywhere the Glint of Gold
A wave of "Tutmania" spreads.

9.30 The Pharaoh Awakes
A series of tragedies soon follows.

10.20-11.10 Heads in the Sand
What can be done to preserve Egypt's history?
Last in the series.
The season continues with Timewatch, 2.20pm.
Videoplus code 7.00-11.10 (not PDC)

Day of the Pharaohs from 7.00am BBC2.

After an early-morning start, a day of programming devoted to ancient Egypt gets into its stride in the afternoon with a swift repeat for a Timewatch programme on Cleopatra shown last month. It's almost an overture to the 1963 epic film starring Elizabeth Taylor which is itself the subject of The Cleopatra Files. This drama-documentary tells the story of the movie from the viewpoint of its publicists, and includes the start of the love affair between Taylor and Richard Burton.

There are fresh archaeological perspectives in Search for the Lost Tomb-KV5, a detective story tracing the location and excavation of a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. And there's also another showing for Secrets of Lost Empires: the Pyramid, chronicling an attempt to recreate the engineering techniques of the pyramid-builders.

: Happy New Year

The Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the past year and looks forward to 1998.
(Shown yesterday 12.05am BBC1)

: New Year's Day Concert from Vienna

Live from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a musical celebration to bring in the new year. Featuring a traditional selection of Strauss waltzes, polkas and marches. Director Brian Large ; Producer Jonathan Haswell
Stereo............................................ SIMULTANEOUS BROADCAST: with Radio 3


Unknown: Zubin Mehta
Director: Brian Large
Producer: Jonathan Haswell

: Video Nation - Best of 97

An alternative view of 1997. presented by father-of-three Norman Bowman from his home in Belfast. Featuringclips shown throughout the year of people responding candidly to events. Stereo ..........


Unknown: Norman Bowman

: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

The Magical Maze
The last in the series of science lectures of particular interest to children.
5: Fearful Symmetry. Why do tigers have stripes, while leopards have spots? Professor Ian Stewart explores the Patterns in nature. Stereo


Unknown: Professor Ian Stewart

: Day of the Pharaohs

Continuing the season on ancient Egypt.
2.20 Timewatch
In Search of Cleopatra Anotherchance to see the documentary exploring the myths that still surround the legendary Egyptian queen and attempting to unravel the truth behind her life and death, which helped to shape the civilised world for the next 500 years.
Repeat Stereo
3.10 Cleopatra
' Historical drama, showing in two parts, starring Elizabeth Taylor
Richard Burton , Rex Harrison
48 BC: Egypt is overrun by Roman forces and Cleopatra is forced to give up the throne. Showing in widescreen format. The film continues at 5.10pm.
Director Joseph L Mankiewicz (1963, PG)
♦See Films: pages 43-76
5.05-5.10pm Intermission-the Sand Dance A masterclass in the sand dance, from
Wilson, Kepple and Betty to the girls from Absolutely Fabulous. Stereo ...... Video plus code 2.20-5.10 (not PDC) ..


Unknown: Cleopatra Anotherchance
Unknown: Elizabeth Taylor
Unknown: Richard Burton
Unknown: Rex Harrison
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Cleopatra: Elizabeth Taylor
Mark Antony: Richard Burton
Julius Caesar: Rex Harrison
High priestess: Pamela Brown
Flavius: George Cole
Sosigenes: Hume Cronyn

: Day of the Pharaohs

Continuing the day of films and programmes on the subject of the history and culture of ancient
Egypt. See today's choices.

5.10 Cleopatra
The conclusion of the film.
The Cleopatra Files, about the making of the movie Cleopatra, is at 8.30pm. (Subtitled)

7.20 Pyramid People
A look at some of the diverse individuals, from astrologers to window-cleaners, who are drawn to the pyramid's hidden powers.
Producers Anna Beattie and Sara Brailsford

7.30 Secrets of Lost Empires: The Pyramid
The pyramids represent one of the greatest feats of engineering and craftsmanship in the ancient world. Without the use of pulleys, or even the wheel, the ancient Egyptians carved and lifted millions of stone blocks each weighing over two tons.
This documentary follows the progress of a modern-day team led by archaeologist Mark Lehner as they struggle in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza to build a replica of this magnificent structure using only the tools available to the ancient Egyptians. Narrated by Art Malik. Producer Michael Barnes; Executive producers Jana Bennett, Robin Brightwell
(Repeat) (Stereo)

8.20 Some of My Best Friends Are Asps
Since the death of Cleopatra the asp has had a poor image, but this programme reveals that the creature is badly misjudged.
Producer David Wallace (Stereo)

8.30 The Cleopatra Files
This documentary tells the true story behind the making of Cleopatra, the most expensive film of its day. Based on the real-life correspondence of 20th Century Fox movie publicists Jack Brodsky and Nathan Weiss, it uses archive film, interviews with key participants such as actor George Cole, and dramatic reconstructions featuring John Thomson and Danny Webb to portray the film's production problems, power struggles and the rollercoaster love affair between its stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Director Neil Dougan ; Producer
Matthew Cole (Stereo) (Subtitled)

9.00-9.50 Search for the Lost Tomb - KV5
Archaeologist Kent Weeks sets out on the trail of one of Egypt's lost tombs in a detective story which leads him from the museums of Europe to Luxor, where he finally tracks down the site of the tomb in the mouth of the Valley of the Kings. The huge complex of burial chambers, called KV5 by archaeologists, yields a remarkable discovery in a burial pit which promises to reveal the true identity of the royal occupants and their connection with one of Egypt's most powerful pharaohs, Rameses the Great.
Producer David Wallace; Editor Laurence Rees

Videoplus code for 5.10-9.50


Producers: Anna Beattie
Producers: Sara Brailsford
Unknown: Mark Lehner
Unknown: Art Malik.
Producer: Michael Barnes
Producers: Jana Bennett
Producers: Robin Brightwell
Producer: David Wallace
Unknown: Jack Brodsky
Unknown: Nathan Weiss
Unknown: George Cole
Unknown: John Thomson
Unknown: Elizabeth Taylor
Unknown: Richard Burton.
Director: Neil Dougan
Producer: David Wallace
Editor: Laurence Rees

: The Likely Lads

The Christmas edition of the classic comedy from 1974.
Bob and Thelma are determined to enjoy the Yuletide festivities, but Terry causes problems.


Writer: Dick Clement
Writer: Ian La Frenais
Producer: Bernard Thompson
Terry: James Bolam
Bob: Rodney Bewes
Thelma: Brigit Forsyth
Jack: Norman Mitchell
Andrea: Joanna Ross
Sylvia: Lilian Verner

: Small Faces

Drama, showing as part of the Screen Two season, starring Iain Robertson, Joseph McFadden, J.S. Duffy

In the Glasgow of 1968, young teenager Lex Maclean is torn between the artistic life of his middle brother Alan, and the thuggish world of his older sibling, Bobby. Showing in widescreen format.
(1995, 18)
See Films: pages 43-€76 ****


Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Lex Maclean: Iain Robertson
Alan Maclean: Joseph McFadden
Bobby Maclean: J.S. Duffy
Joanne Macgowan: Laura Fraser
Charlie Sloan: Garry Sweeney
Lorna Maclean: Clare Higgins
Malky Johnson: Kevin McKidd
Gorbals: Mark McConnochie
Welch: Steven Singleton
Fabio: David Walker

: Stella Street

Another short satirical drama, set among the retired celebrities who populate a suburban street. The series concludes tomorrow at
10.15pm Stereo Subtitled....

: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Musical starring Catherine Deneuve
Cherbourg 1957: Teenage lovers Genevieve and Guy are denied marriage by her mother. Showing in widescreen format. In French with English subtitles.
Director Jacques Demy (1964)
See Films: pp 43-76 *****
Followed by Skiing Forecast


Director: Jacques Demy
Genevieve Emery: Catherine Deneuve
Guy Foucher: Nino Castelnuovo
Madame Emery: Anne Vernon
Madeleine: Ellen Farner
Roland Cassard: Marc Michel
Aunt Elise: Mireille Perrey

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